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Bringing comfort, solidarity and hope to war refugees through music.

Founded – 2016

Participants – 186

Activities – 99

Background

As refugees arrive in increasing numbers in Europe, Musicians without Borders is building a program of support and solidarity. Our trainers and workshop leaders use the power of music to engage people living in emergency reception centers, building trust and connection among refugees, as well as with the local communities in which they are now located. Following our pilot project in the Netherlands, we’ve now expanded the Welcome Notes project to Italy and Germany and are focusing on providing training and creating connections between local musicians, organizations and refugee communities throughout Europe.

Goals:

Bring hope and comfort to those who have been driven from their homes by war;

Build bridges and create solidarity in European communities;

Provide a safe, fun, and supportive space for artistic expression and cultural exchange.

Photo copyright: Landesmusikakademie NRW. Pictures: Volker Beushausen

Training for Musicians

We offer training for musicians, music teachers and workshop leaders from all cultural backgrounds who wish to increase their ability to use music as a tool to work towards the social inclusion and support of refugees and newcomers. This training has been specially adapted from our advanced training course and offers the necessary skills to lead music workshops with refugees in European communities.

The following skills and subjects are addressed in the training:

Community music approaches to singing, (body) percussion, movement, songwriting

Trust-building and teamwork

Basic trauma awareness

Nonviolent communication and building empathy between participants

Nonverbal techniques for music making

Creativity and improvisation

Connection with organizations and initiatives working in local refugee centers and communities

Would you like to receive information on upcoming training opportunities? Send an email to: a.swinkels@mwb.ngo

We’re open to discussing the implementation of Welcome Notes training opportunities with partner organizations in other European countries. Please contact: a.swinkels@mwb.ngo

Germany

In partnership with the Landesmusikakademie NRW in Heek, Germany, we train local musicians to work with refugees and asylum seekers across Germany.

Upcoming training dates for 2019:

November 18-22

View our current course listings here.

The Netherlands

In response to increasing numbers of refugees arriving in the Netherlands, we launched a year-long pilot project in 2016 to train musicians to run music workshops in refugee centers. Over the course of a year, we led three training weekends with a total of 62 trainees and organized 40 workshops in several refugee centers.

In 2017-2018, we ran another series of training weekends for professional musicians, experienced workshop leaders and music teachers who are (or wish to be) active as music workshop leaders in refugee centers or refugee communities in Europe.

News & Events


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Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Europe

As Welcomes Notes program turns 3 years in 2019, Program Manager, Anna Swinkels shares the fourth ‘Story of Light’ and how we’re using music to support the growing number of refugees in Europe.

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Welcome Notes in Torino

We are happy to report that we have started a new Welcome Notes training group in Torino, Italy, in collaboration with Musicians for Human Rights.

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3,174 young people making music so far in 2018

A small piece of the story of Musicians without Borders’ work can be told through numbers; the number of people participating in programs, the number of activities that have taken place, the number of organizations around the world with which we work. Of course, each of these numbers represents a story in itself, of the music made by people in a moment of their lives.

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Europe News

News & Events – Europe

Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Europe

As Welcomes Notes program turns 3 years in 2019, Program Manager, Anna Swinkels shares the fourth ‘Story of Light’ and how we’re using music to support the growing number of refugees in Europe.

Read More

Welcome Notes in Torino

We are happy to report that we have started a new Welcome Notes training group in Torino, Italy, in collaboration with Musicians for Human Rights.

Read More

3,174 young people making music so far in 2018

A small piece of the story of Musicians without Borders’ work can be told through numbers; the number of people participating in programs, the number of activities that have taken place, the number of organizations around the world with which we work. Of course, each of these numbers represents a story in itself, of the music made by people in a moment of their lives.

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Interview: Amanda Koser-Gillespie, MWB Trainer

An interview with Amanda Koser-Gillespie, our trainer and music coach for our Music Bridge program in partnership with Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin (Northern Ireland).

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Community Music Training: Heek, Germany

Last weekend, we returned to the Landesmusikakademie NRW to provide training to musicians who work with refugee communities in Germany.

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